Earlier in October Organizing Fellow, Yolanda King, and President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins traveled to Texas for an AFT Human Rights Conference. While at the conference the DFT was awarded a Powerful Partnerships grant. Standing in the center, next to the DFT President is actor/activist Erika Alexander, a SAG-AFTRA award winning actress.
African American Leadership Awards 2023
Three of our own were nominated for the African American Leadership Awards: President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins, Treasurer Rodney Fresh and Retirees Chapter Secretary, Michelle Broughton. We are pleased to announce that President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins was the recipient of the Sophie Womack Quality of Life & Leadership award.
Listening to History
Retirees at the November Chapter meeting listened to AFT Archivist, Dan Golodner, as he gave a brief history of the DFT from 1920-1967. He presented a slide show presentation and gave some anecdotes about past DFT leadership. Displayed on the screen is a copy of the DFT charter from February 24, 1931.
New Addition to the Staff
The DFT staff has expanded by one. We are welcoming Regina Fuqua as an Organizing Fellow. She will be working alongside Yolanda King to service members with membership and dues.
WHAT'S NEW: Call your legislators & tell them to protect teacher pensions
Republicans in Lansing are getting ready to launch a new round of attacks on working families next week, and we need to start fighting back right now.
These new bills are being pushed by the billionaire DeVos family to destroy pensions for newly-hired teachers, librarians, and bus drivers.
It has come to our attention that members are being asked to upload evidence and create portfolios on the district's new evaluation portal. You are only required to create a sign-in ID and password! Training will be offered at a later date.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the union office: 313-875-3500.
AFT Detroit members on May 6 canvassed metro Detroit having one-on-one conversation with nonmembers at their homes. There is strength in numbers. We're coming to a neighborhood near you!
WHAT'S NEW: Watch DFT President Ivy Bailey on "Spotlight on the News"
DFT President Ivy Bailey on May 7 discussed a variety of topics, including the state of contract negotiations, incoming Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, the Trump Administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.